John Travolta is credited with inspiring PRISCILLA and Lisa Marie Presley
to join the Church of Scientology.
While coming to terms with the 1977 death of Lisa Marie's father ELVIS
PRESLEY, Priscilla started to search for an inspirational source to get them
both through the tragedy, which led to her noting Travolta's ability to pick
Travolta says, "Gabe Kaplan, who was the star of WELCOME BACK, KOTTER, the
TV show I was doing, was friends with Priscilla. He said to me, 'As you know,
Elvis died recently and Priscilla would really like to meet you. She has some
wants to ask you.'
"The crux of the conversation was, 'You seem to have survived all the
things that my ex-husband didn't.'"
Lisa Marie adds, "He explained to her what Scientology was and she kinda
told me in the car on the way home from school what it was. And I remember at
exactly that moment going, 'That's definitely for me. I might not do it right
but it sounds really interesting to me.' And I responded immediately."